Andrea Egan

Role: Branch Secretary


Phone number: 01204 338905 or via Bolton Branch Main Office 01204 338901/02

As Branch Secretary, Andrea leads, supports and oversees a team of officers, workplace representatives and staff all dedicated to ensuring that Bolton UNISON members across the branch get the support they need.

Andrea is seconded full time to the branch and is the point of contact for officers in Bolton Council. She attends all Local Authority joint consultative meetings and Central Health and Safety Committees.

Andrea is also elected to UNISONs National Executive Committee (NEC) as the Local Government Representative.

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Graham Walmsley

Role: Branch Chair


Phone number: 01204338901

Graham facilitates branch and committee meetings.

This includes:

 Chairing all meetings of the branch and branch committee, agreeing the agenda for meetings with the secretary and making sure that business is properly conducted in line with union democracy.

 Advising branch officers and the branch committee on procedure and rules

 Making sure all functions of the branch are carried out

 Working closely with the secretary and other officers to provide leadership to the branch.

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Jackie Peploe

Role: Vice Chair


Phone number: 01204338901

As Vice Chair, Jackie’s role is to deputise in the absence of the Branch Chair however Jackie works alongside Graham to:

 agree the agenda for meetings with the secretary and making sure that business is properly conducted in line with union democracy;

 advise branch officers and the branch committee on procedure and rules;

 make sure all functions of the branch are carried out;

 work closely with the secretary and other officers to provide leadership to the branch.

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John Pye

Role: Branch Treasurer


Phone number: 01204338901

John is responsible for managing branch finances, including keeping accounts.

John’s main responsibilities include:

 keeping accounts in accordance with the rules, working alongside the Branch Administrative Staff.

 prepares budgets for defined areas of activities such as welfare, recruitment, campaigning, etc;

 provides reports on the financial position of the branch to the branch committee or branch executive committee;

 provides a detailed financial report for the annual branch meeting(s);

 advises the branch officers and branch committee on matters relating to financial management and appropriate expenditure;

 provides an audited annual return of branch income.

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Jayne Clarke

Role: Assistant Banch Secretary


Phone number: 01204 338901

Jayne Clarke: Assistant Branch Secretary

As Assistant Branch Secretary, Jaynes’s role is to deputise in the absence of the Branch Secretary however Jayne works alongside Andrea to

 act as the co-strategic lead officer and co-ordinator within the branch.

 encourages partnership working within the branch committee and the development of new representatives and stewards.

 manages our Administrative branch staff and Branch Organiser in the absence of the Branch Secretary.

 manages the delegation of work to other branch officers and branch staff as appropriate, while providing support and guidance.

 guides the branch’s development by preparing and implementing a branch organisation and development plan in cooperation with the Regional Organiser.

 ensures the representation of members within the branch is in accordance with national guidance and in partnership with regional staff.

 convenes and attends meetings of the branch and branch committees and ensure proper minutes are kept and circulated.

 ensures branch records are kept in a proper manner.

 ensures the branch processes membership applications speedily and accurately and maintains records in accordance with UNISON’s systems;

 ensures there is regular communication with branch members, including news of campaigns, negotiations, issues, branch developments and activities;

 communicates with the wider union, including the region and centre, on behalf of the branch;

 ensures that branch members are aware of opportunities to take part in the activities of the wider union, including self-organisation if appropriate;

 supports, mentors and encourages stewards and reps in the branch on an individual and collective basis; co-ordinating all branch negotiations and industrial relations matters;

 leads the branch committee in making sure that the branch observes the union’s rules, supports UNISON campaigns and works towards achieving UNISON’s objectives.

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Hanna English

Role: Branch Equalities Co-Ordinator


Phone number: 01204338901

Hanna works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues (there may be up to four per branch).

Branch equality co-ordinators have a number of important functions. But it is not expected that the office holders will be the source of all knowledge on every equality issue, nor carry sole responsibility for the branch’s equality work.
Everyone shares responsibility for tackling prejudice and discrimination and promoting equality.

Hanna’s main responsibilities include:

 being the identified and well-publicised point of contact in the branch for equality issues.

 collecting and sharing information on equalities issues, including information from the regional and national self-organised groups;

 making sure other branch officers and the branch committee consider the equalities dimension of everything they do;

 making sure equality is raised in all collective bargaining – not just in bargaining on ‘pure’ equalities issues;

 encouraging and supporting the development of branch self-organised groups on behalf of the branch committee, co-ordinating among them and between them and the branch committee;

 making sure new recruits and potential members know about UNISON’s commitment to equality and the opportunity to take part in self-organisation;

 advising the branch officers and branch committee on the development and monitoring of the action plan to achieve proportionality and fair representation;

 co-ordinating the development and training of members from under-represented groups;

 co-ordinating motions and support for delegates attending self-organised group conferences.

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Christine Collins

Role: Branch Women's Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

As Branch Women’s Officer (BWO) Christine works to help bring about important changes for women in the workplace.

UNISON can provide training for the role, and the BWO can network and work collaboratively with other branch women’s officers in their area. They can become involved in the regional women’s committee/forum or network, attend national women’s conference and help UNISON agree its work plan priorities for the national women’s committee. Christine’s responsibilities include:

 Building links with women’s sector organisations and where appropriate signposting to specialist organisations for women (domestic abuse/Rape Crisis) and assisting in negotiations on employer policies on violence against women.

 Ensuring that the branch has a wide range of resources for women, such as books, videos and leaflets, and making these resources accessible to all women in the branch.

 Organising a women’s group and identifying concerns.

 Identifying women members of the branch, and liaising with the branch committee on progress towards proportionality.

 Being a focal point for women’s issues for members and raising issues affecting women, particularly those with service conditions implications with the branch committee.

 Supporting women in their issues generally and campaigning on issues that are important to women.

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Jude Rowley

Role: Young Members' Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

As Young Members’ Officer, Jude works with our officers to support our members under the age of 27.

Jude’s responsibilities include:
 recruiting new members and organising and encouraging existing young members to become active in the branch and in UNISON campaigns.

 building a branch young members’ organisation and making sure there are potential new young members’ officers in the future.

 making sure issues of concern to young workers are raised through the branch

 acting as a focal point for all young workers in the branch and workplaces;

 receiving and distributing UNISON young members’ information.

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Julie Tudor

Role: Branch Welfare Officer

Phone number: 01204 338901

Julie supports members seeking welfare assistance, ensuring they receive a prompt, supportive and effective response

Julie’s main responsibilities include:

 Making sure branch officers, stewards and workplace reps, as well as employers, have regular up-to-date information about There for You (UNISON’s Welfare charity) and its range of services

 Liaising and co-ordinating with the UNISON centre and regions to make sure There for You support is provided effectively

 Undertaking training and seek advice from There for You where necessary

 Developing and co-ordinating local welfare activity

 Developing links with local charities and sources of support such as citizen’s advice bureaus and women’s refuges

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Janet Bryan

Role: Branch Education Co-ordinator


Phone number: 01204338901

Janet helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers.

Janet’s responsibilities include:

 making sure all new stewards and reps receive information about the branch and their role.

 publicising the range of educational and training opportunities available to members and activists, and making sure that all reps go on appropriate courses.

 talking to existing reps about their ongoing training and development needs.

 organising a plan of training for activists and producing an annual budget to meet its costs.

 keeping records of what training has been undertaken and by whom within the branch.

 negotiating with the employer, along with union learning reps on issues relating to learning including time off.

 supporting and co-ordinating the work of buddies and mentors in the branch.

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Janet Bryan

Role: Lifelong Learning Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Janet leads the branches union learning representatives, who are accountable and involved in the branch. Together they work with employers in supporting members with lifelong learning and skills for life.

Janet’s main responsibilities includes:

 learning is high on the branch’s agenda and linked into its organising, bargaining and equalities work.

 a clear progression route for learning representatives who want to become more involved in other aspects of branch activity.

 co-ordinating the activity of union learning reps in the branch education team.

 working with colleagues to recruit and organise new learning representatives.

 being closely involved in negotiating around learning with the employer;

 making sure members have information on learning opportunities, including UNISON Open College courses, Return to Learn and Lifelong Learning;

 making sure the work of learning reps is fully integrated into the branch.

 As branch education officer she utilises both roles to run the branches education programme

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Jayne Clarke

Role: Branch Membership Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Jayne keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Jayne’s main responsibilities includes:

 mapping the branch’s membership to identify membership density and steward coverage – and where there are gaps;

 making sure the branch and union has accurate membership records;

 monitoring the branch’s recruitment and retention rate;

 working with the branch committee and regional organising staff to develop and implement the branch’s organisation and development plan;

 making recommendations to the branch committee on recruitment activities, targets, resources, budgets, etc.

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Martin Challender

Role: Branch Communication Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Martin main responsibilities includes

Helping the branch’s recruitment and organising

Makes ensures that centrally and regionally produced publicity, communications and campaign materials are distributed, as appropriate, to stewards, members and non-members

Monitors and liaises with the local and regional media

Martin is the main point of contact for the branch’s publication of Battling For Bolton, he organises the editions and facilities participation of stewards and members to ‘add their story’

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Anne Webster

Role: International Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Anne develops and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.

Anne’s main responsibilities include:

 co-ordinating the branch’s work on international relations.

 making sure members are informed of national policy on international matters.

 receiving and distributing relevant information.

 encouraging members to be aware of the importance of international solidarity issues within the context of the overall work of the union.

 liaising where appropriate with central and regional international structures and reporting the views of the branch on international activities.

 liaising with other branch officers concerning publicity and education on international issues.

 liaising with the solidarity organisations and campaigns that UNISON is affiliated to;

 encouraging members of the branch to take action and take part in international solidarity activities organised nationally or regionally.

 developing an international perspective among members, stewards and branch officers.

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Andrea Egan

Role: Labour Link Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Andrea is elected by, and accountable to, the Labour Link section within the branch and is a Labour Party member. This is because the post holder should work to take UNISON policy forward into the party, including being a delegate to the general committee of the party and encouraging joint work and campaigning with the local constituency Labour Party.

She is the key contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters and is responsible for co-ordinating our activities in the branch.

She also represents the interests of Labour Link levy payers on the UNISON branch committee.

The role includes:

 explaining and developing the role of the UNISON Labour Link within the branch and ensuring that correct procedures are followed regarding the rights of Labour Link levy payers;

 acting as the central contact point for information on Labour Link matters from national and regional levels of the union, and from the Labour Party, and circulating it to Labour Link members in the branch,

 convening meetings of members as necessary;

 communicating with Labour Party members within the branch and encouraging individual membership of the Labour Party;

 attending the UNISON branch committee and agreeing appropriate means of promoting UNISON policy in the Labour Party;

 liaising with the Labour Link regional political officer.

 promoting political education and policy discussions;

 strengthening links with Labour locally by ensuring the branch is affiliated to the local Labour Party and electing delegates to attend meetings.

 building campaigning work around key issues and co-ordinating campaigns with the Labour Party in local council, Westminster and Mayoral.

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Andy Hurst

Role: Health and Safety Officer


Phone number: 01204338901

Andy is responsible for promoting health and safety at work functions within members workplaces. Even though employers have clear legal duties to make sure that employment does not cause death, injury or ill-health, health and safety is a trade union issue and not something which can be left to management.

Andy’s main responsibilities include:

 Vice Chair of Bolton Council Central Health and Safety Committee

 Making sure members, safety reps and branch officers are aware of health and safety issues

 Co-ordinates the activity of safety reps, and works to ensure that there are enough reps in the workplaces organised by the branch, and convenes regular meetings of safety reps

 Organises the information held by the branch on health and safety

 Acts as a link between safety reps and other branch reps to make sure that health and safety issues are treated as an integral part of the work of the branch

 Reports on health and safety issues at branch meetings, committee meetings and annual meetings

 Liaises with relevant branch officers about priorities for health and safety training, campaigns and publicity materials

 Keeps contact with the region and regional service groups, for example via the regional health and safety committee and the national health and safety structures

 Liaises with the equalities coordinators (s) to make sure that equal opportunities aspects of health and safety issues are taken into account and vice versa

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Andrea Egan

Role: Sports and Social Officer


Phone number: 01204338905

Andrea is responsible for organising and promoting social and political activities and events within the branch throughout the year.

Andrea’s main responsibilities includes:

 establishing a programme of events and activities to serve the extensive range and interests of the branch membership

 to organise appropriate social functions, in line with the branch’s values

 to book events, organise catering, entertainment and travel if appropriate

 to publicise and promote events to members on all media including the website and Facebook page.

 to promote inclusion and participation of all members as far as reasonable

 to manage the budget and costings of activities

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